I shall transfigure…

I am not an expert on Ancient Egyptian symbolism and mythology, but I found this poem to contain intriguing imagery; suitable for end-of-year reflections and new year celebrations

Maxada Mandala

NO_USAGES =

I shall live…
where life is plane geometry….with
pyramids dimensional and
weighted…holy squared on
bedded rock…as desert reference
to orient my sanity
against a pale horizon.

I shall live…
where great Nile’s
summer floods force
papyrus gifts…impaled
to verticality through
thin siltiness…where
Egyptians draped in shadow
slice pomegranates…figs
with obsidian knives…and
stain incarnadine the
carving wood.

I shall transfigure…
to flensed bones
Ra bleached to whiteness…
burned in a marble crucible
to spare ash…collected…balance
weighed against a
feather.

Bonnie Marshall

The weighing of the heart of Hunefer by Anubis, before the Devourer Ammit: from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, 19th Dynasty, c. 1285 B.C. (British Museum, via National Geographic)

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Omar I. Pom

Your regular irregular. Globetrotter. Teacher. MA candidate. Neat freak. Intellectually curious. Work in progress.

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